As The Boy Child finished Year 2, The Brainy One and I decided, after much discussion, that we should tell him that he has Autism.
I’d previously briefly mentioned our plan on the blog and someone (if that was you, please remind me) recommended a book called Can I tell you about Autism? It’s written for 7-year-olds to understand and I found it extremely useful.
I chose to have the talk before we left for Denmark in August (knowing that I would ask for a Guest Assistance Pass at Legoland).
Having thought that it went well, I asked him if he had any questions.
Because he thought nobody would like him if he had Autism.
I wasn’t expecting that.
We were able to talk things through and he seemed accepting of it.
He’s since asked if he will still have Autism when he is 15 years old.
He asked a visiting teacher to his school if she had children with Autism in her class. He was delighted when she told him that all her pupils have Autism.
He tells his friends that Autism is cool when you can jump the queues at places like Legoland.
Life is slightly easier now that the ‘A’ word is used openly.
That there will be more questions, I don’t doubt.